Priyanka Gandhi slams UP govt over ‘phone tapping’ claims  |  Photo Credit: ANI
Lucknow: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi on Tuesday hit out at the government over allegations of phone tapping and the recent Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax raids in Uttar Pradesh. Asked about the recent allegations levelled by Opposition leaders including Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, the Congress General Secretary said that “they” were even hacking into her children’s social media accounts.
“They’re even hacking my children’s Instagram accounts, let alone phone tapping. Do they not have any other work?” she asked.
Criticising the state government, Gandhi said that its work was to find solutions for people’s problems and stop atrocities. “What is a government’s work? To develop, understand and find solutions to the problems of the public, and stop the atrocities. Instead, this government is tapping the phones of the Opposition,” she added.
Last week, fellow party leader Rahul Gandhi has sparked off a controversy after talking about the differences between “Hindu” and “Hindutvavadi”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he had alleged, belonged to the latter group. “Hinduism teaches honesty and love amongst all. RSS and Bharatiya Janata Party members do politics in the name of religion; they aren’t on the path of righteousness or honesty. Because they lie every day. Rahul Ji is just trying to show the difference between true religion,” Priyanka said on Tuesday.
Last week, Yadav had accused the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government of tapping the phones of SP leaders. The remarks came less than a day after the Incom Tax department conducted a string of raids and searches at the offices and residences of some of the party’s leaders. Addressing a press conference in the poll-bound state on Sunday, he accused the BJP government of “using Income Tax Department, ED, CBI to attack SP leaders”.
“All our phone calls are being heard. All the calls in our party’s office are being listened to. The Chief Minister himself is listening to some of the recordings in the evening. If you contact us, then know that your call is being listened to by them,” he claimed.